How do you make your own hummingbird food?

How do you make your own hummingbird food?

23 January, 2010 (01:47) | hummingbird food | By: admin


I haven’t made it in a while and I forgot the ratios of water to sugar.

1 part sugar/4 parts water

Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.

Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.

Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.

You will need to clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.

Do NOT add more sugar as there can be sugar overload for their metabolism; which is not good. They have a hard time assimilating too much sugar.

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Comment from hopflower
Time January 23, 2010 at 7:28 am

1 part sugar/4 parts water

Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.

Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.

Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.

You will need to clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.

Do NOT add more sugar as there can be sugar overload for their metabolism; which is not good. They have a hard time assimilating too much sugar.
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Comment from Cliff
Time January 23, 2010 at 7:48 am

I think it is about a 50/50 mixture of water and sugar
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Comment from kittyrogers
Time January 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

The commerically prepared mixes available at garden and home centers, and other places that supply bird food are easier, stay fresher longer and aren’t very expensive. You just add the prescribed amount of water and you are good to go. Much simpler.
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Comment from Daisyduker
Time January 23, 2010 at 9:08 am

I don’t follow the usual guidelines for making your own. Instead, I add more sugar to attract the hummingbirds. They will always go to the one that has the most sweetener in it. For my first batch I use about half and half. Sugar is not expensive and hummingbirds need the extra sugar when they begin to arrive in your area.

I adore hummingbirds. Last summer, I had about 25-30 just circling around our little area of cottages, going from one feeder to another. I have three feeders. One particular hummer kept trying to run the others off. It was so funny. What a bully.
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Comment from noonecanne
Time January 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

I make mine with the 1 to 4 ratio. To one cup of water add 1/4 cup sugar. Boil the water, add sugar and stir until until sugar is dissolved. I add a couple drops of red color, but this is not necessary. I make a big batch and fill freshly cleaned feeders and keep the rest in a jar in the refrigerator.
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Comment from calla
Time January 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

I use the packaged hummingbird food. It has more nutriential value than sugar and water. It can be bought at Walmart and is very inexpensive.
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Comment from Tellie Alton
Time August 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

I live in the greater Phoenix Arizona area and I have problem with my feeder overflowing from the heat.. any suggestions.

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